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Town centres company's delays fears

By Herald Express  |  Posted: August 28, 2014

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TORBAY'S town centre company has added its voice to concerns Mayor Gordon Oliver is possibly delaying a deal which paves the way for a new cross-Bay business improvement district.

Paul Howard, general manager of Torbay Town Centres Company which runs town centre BIDS in the Bay, said: "This news is a huge concern to the current BIDs in Torbay at a time when the local authority are consulting to remove services our members rely on, such as the street wardens and monitored CCTV.

"We need to know what is happening and soon so we can make the appropriate decisions as individual BIDs and as an entity."

He said Carolyn Custeron, chief executive of the English Riviera Tourism Company, which is spearheading the T BID move and who has expressed her concerns over any delays, has 'his full support'.

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Mr Howard said: "We need some clear leadership from our elected members please to ensure we can move this on to the important step of asking the businesses how they would like to deal with the cuts which are coming our way.

"A tourism and retail BID is the only sensible solution, unless there is a 'Plan B' we are not yet aware of?"

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